Jinder Mahal Joins Raw & Loses US Title, Alicia Fox Injury Update
Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Jinder Mahal shocked everybody last year when he went from being barely featured on WWE programming to becoming the WWE Champion for over six months. Mahal tremendously transformed his body and his hard work has certainly paid off. In addition to Mahal winning the WWE Championship last year, he just recently captured the United States Championship at WrestleMania earlier this month. It seemed like Jinder was meant to hold the US title for quite some time after he won it at "The Grandest Stage of Them All," but the company pulled a fast one over the eyes of the fans on Raw last night as "The Modern Day Maharaja" has already been defeated for his championship.
During last night's Superstar Shakeup edition of Monday Night Raw, Jinder Mahal arrived as the first member from the Smackdown roster to be traded to WWE's flagship show. Jinder Mahal and Sunil Singh angered Raw General Manager Kurt Angle, which prompted Angle to announce an impromptu match for the United States Championship. After declaring that any superstar would be able to challenge for the title, Jeff Hardy answered the open challenge and actually managed to defeat Jinder to win the US title for the first time in his career. The title win makes Jeff Hardy a grand slam champion in the company, meaning that he has won every major title that the company has to offer. Mahal will receive a rematch for the title against Hardy at the Greatest Royal Rumble event on April 27th.
WWE has been increasing the number of women on their roster recently, and the women's division has achieved some major milestones with the recent developments of the women's Royal Rumble match and the WrestleMania Women's Battle Royal match. Unfortunately, Raw Superstar Alicia Fox had to miss out on both matches this year due to a broken tailbone injury that has kept her out of action for most of the year so far. The latest Wrestling Observer Newsletter has revealed that Fox is has been recovering tremendously from her injury over the past few weeks. In fact, the report states that the 10-year WWE veteran is now only “a few weeks away” from being cleared by WWE doctors to return to the ring.